I have a large Black Walnut that was struck by lightning about a month ago. It still seems OK right now, but it has had Woodpeckers after it for a while and has shown some signs of dubious health for the past few years.
I have signed an agreement with a local tree company to have the tree cut down for under $500 (vs $800-$1K for cut down and removal). It's too close to my house and two other neighbors to simply drop by myself.
Two buddies of mine are interested in the tree for firewood and will come help clean it up. I'm interested in procuring a gas powered chainsaw for this project, as I want some control over the timeliness of the cleanup job.
This leads me to a question for which my research is giving me wildly varying responses: Do I buy a "homeowner-grade" saw from a high-end manufacturer, or simply buy a "homeowner-grade" saw from a more common brand?
My short list is:
Entry level saws from reputable manufacturers:
Stihl MS 180 (http://www.stihlusa.com/chainsaws/MS180CB.html)
Husqvarna 240 (http://www.husqvarna.com/us/homeowne...chainsaws/240/)
Or "big box" store offerings:
Pulan Pro (http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stor...aw%20PP3516AVX)
If confronted by a mob of zombies which would you pick up?